Like many other things in life, positivity needs to be worked on and having a Positivity Plan can definitely help. But before putting your Positivity Plan together, you need to firstly build a list of positive affirmation activities. Not sure what they are?
Positive affirmation activities are a series of steps that you can actually take to grow your positive emotions. These steps help re-wire your brain as it has the power to grow new neural pathways. You will find some examples of what a positive affirmation activity list may look like in this post. Once you have your action list, it is time to integrate the list into the Positivity Plan. Here is how.
Before Your Plan
A Positivity Plan is a simple chart that gives some structure to your positive affirmation activities. The goal here is to rationalise your action list, so it becomes tangible and meaningful. To do so, there are two things to consider:
- Reward your action: Think about exactly what positive emotions you would actually get if you undertake a certain task. Would you feel a sense of accomplishment or would you have more confidence?
- Give it a time: How often would you like to undertake a particular task to create positive emotions? Is it daily or weekly?
What does a Positivity Plan actually look like? Below is an example. As you can see, it is not complicated. In fact, a Positivity Plan should be so simple that sometimes you may find the whole exercise laughable. It is laughable, because a lot of it is commonsense. So simple is good. Simple means genuine and therefore, achievable. After all, many positive emotions come from simple things in life, so why complicate it?
Take home message
While some people may think this is an overkill to actually "plan" for positivity in life, but ask yourself these two question: "when was the last time I truly felt positive about something?" and "when is the next time I am going to feel positive?". If you do not have answers for both questions straight way, it's time for you to sit down and do some positivity planning. It is good for your mind, your body and your soul!
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